Catalonia News Headlines for January 2020
Sánchez Investiture Looks Increasingly Unlikely
The European Court of Justice's decision just before Christmas to give parliamentary immunity to Carles Puigdemont and Oriol Junqueras as MEP makes Sánchez's investiture look increasingly unlikely. If ERC give support to Sánchez, the independence lobby will accuse them of selling out to the centralists and if Sánchez gets too friendly with ERC, the PP, Vox and members of his own party will be concerned that he's ceding to much power to Catalan independentists who want to destroy Spain and he will be accused of treason.
- Thursday January 2nd: Sánchez strengthens heavyweights in Govt with surprises Sánchez strengthens his heavyweights in a Government with surprises as PSOE leader already has the structure of his executive designed, which he will announce after the final vote of the investiture plenary next Tuesday.
- Friday January 3rd: Sánchez opens consultation idea to overcome Catalan crisis Sánchez opens the idea of a consultation to overcome the Catalan crisis as ERC's national council gives almost unanimous support to abstention in the investiture and the "bilateral" dialogue table will start meeting this month.
- Saturday January 4th: Electoral Junta suspends Torra complicating investiture The Electoral Junta suspends Torra and complicates the investiture as the electoral judges agree by seven votes to six to remove the status of MP from the president and decide that Junqueras can't be an MEP.
- Sunday January 5th: Sánchez offers Catalonia new start, ERC accepts challenge Sánchez offers Catalonia a new start and ERC accepts the challenge as Esquerra doesn't cede to pressure and ratifies that it will support the investiture while Casado raises the tone and threatens to oppose it in the courts.
- Monday January 6th 2020: Sánchez ratifies his majority in a rowdy plenary Sánchez ratifies his majority in a plenary marked by rowdiness and although he isn't invested in the first vote but the right's furious reaction guarantees his support, he will be re-elected tomorrow unless there's a last minute surprise.
- Wednesday January 8th: Sánchez accepts challenge of forming 1st coalition govt Sánchez accepts the challenge of bringing together the first coalition government as the socialist candidate overcomes the second vote very narrowly (167 Yes and 165 No) in a very tenses plenary on which ERC shows is tough side with executive.
- Thursday January 9th: US and Iran choose to avoid an escalation The US and Iran choose to decrease tension and avoid an escalation as Trump takes advantage of the limited reprisal bombing without victims by Tehran to avoid the military route and responds only with sanctions.
- Friday January 10th: Supreme Court closes EU Parliament door to Junqueras The Supreme Court closes the European Parliament door to Junqueras as the court orders that the suspension of the ERC leader is executed and agrees that it is not necessary to set him free.
- Saturday January 11th: Sánchez protects himself with more than 20 ministries Sánchez protects himself with more than twenty ministries as the President includes political and economic heavyweights to strengthen the coalition.
- Sunday January 12th: Govt's new economic plan will be continuist The Government's new economic plan will be more continuist than a break and in spite criticism of spending increase, the measures proposed by the PSOE-UP coalition come from agreements made by previous governments.
- Monday January 13th: Sánchez authorises Torra and plans to meet him The Government's new economic plan will be more continuist than a break and in spite criticism of spending increase, the measures proposed by the PSOE-UP coalition come from agreements made by previous governments.
- Tuesday January 14th: Sánchez faces judicial front with Delgado as AG Sánchez faces the judicial front with Delgado as attorney general and puts the ex-minister in the Prosecutor's Office to face the Catalan crisis and the PP's offensive in the courts as the appointment raises criticism from the opposition over lack of impartiality.
- Wednesday January 15th: AENA recovers idea of lengthening El Prat 3rd runway AENA recovers the idea of lengthening the third runway at El Prat as the airport administrator proposes lengthening the runway by 500 metres to councils and La Generalitat and Colau asks them to check the environmental effects.
- Thursday January 16th: Judiciary clash with Iglesias over "process" lawsuit The Judicial Power clashes with Iglesias for questioning the "process" lawsuit as Sánchez's Government defends his "right to criticise" and calls for responsibility to renew the leading judges.
- Friday January 17th: Divided Judicial Power supports Delgado as AG A divided Judicial Power supports Delgado as Attorney General as the judges' government organ gives the green light by 12 votes in favour and 7 against after a fierce debate.
- Saturday January 18th: Minister Escrivá says economy needs millions of migrants The Minister Escrivá warns that the economy needs millions of immigrants as the minister for Social Security believes that 270,000 people a year need to come to ensure the viability of the public system.
- Sunday January 19th: War between employers' assoc & Chamber of Commerce War for leadership between the employers' associations and the Chamber of Commerce as Foment and Pimec compete with the Chamber for its "expansionism" and for the lack of infrastructure in Catalonia.
- Monday January 20th: Mossos leadership in dock accused of rebellion The Mossos leadership in the dock accused of rebellion as the Public Prosecutor asks for 11 years of prison for Major Trapero, who attends the Audiencia Nacional today supported by the police leadership.
- Tuesday January 21st: Trapero distances himself from independentism in court Trapero distances himself from independentism in court as, on the first day of the trial, the Major of the Mossos qualifies the via unilateral as a "barbarity" and the Prosecutor leaves the door open to modifying the initial petition of 11 years for rebellion.
- Wednesday January 22nd: Govt is open to attenuating crime of sedition The Government is open to attenuating the crime of sedition as the penal reform will benefit the 1-O prisoners and the Prosecutor questions whether Trapero had a plan to arrest Puigdemont and the Catalan Government.
- Thursday January 23rd 2020: "Gloria" leaves a trail of devastation "Gloria" leaves a trail of losses and devastation and the storm causes ten deaths, one in Palamós, and four missing and causes panic in the Ter basin.
- Friday January 24th: Torra ignores suspension & compromises ERC Torra ignores his suspension and compromises ERC as the Supreme Court resolves that the president is still suspended as an member of Parliament until the sentence is confirmed.
- Saturday January 25th: Torra's pressure puts pact JxCat-ERC at limit Torra's pressure puts the pact between JxCat and ERC at the limit as the Republicans fear that the President will keep his MP's seat in order to push Torrent to disobedience.
- Sunday January 26th: Interview with Pablo Iglesias Interview with Pablo Iglesias, vice president of Govt of Social Rights & Agenda 2030: "The independentists, better negotiating at a table than in prison", "We don't intervene in Venezuala, it's none of our business" and "Spain must be the European reference for the Welfare State in next decade".
- Monday January 27th: Torra risks legislature with clash with Parliament Torra puts the legislature at risk with his clash with Parliament as ERC fears that the president's vote in today's plenary will favour challenges that make the budget difficult and collapse the Catalan Government.
- Tuesday January 28th: JxCat & ERC confirm break up & are close to elections JxCat and ERC confirm their break up and are close to early elections as the Mesa de Parlament backs the decision of the Chamber's lawyers to substitute Torra as an MP and the President calls on Torrent to disobey and keep him in his seat.
- Wednesday January 29th: Prisoners' appearance cools JxCat & ERC dispute The prisoners' appearance cools the dispute between JxCat and ERC as the Catalan Government foresees approving the budget and Torra plans to meet Sánchez on the 6th and Junqueras defends dialogue with PSOE and Turull and Forn call for unity.
- Thursday January 30th: Torra considers legislature over, but reserves election date Torra considers the legislature over, but reserves the election date as the president defines his partners in ERC as disloyal, but will pass the budget and then will call elections.
- Friday January 31st: Sánchez keeps dialogue with Catalan Govt after ERC pressure Sánchez maintains the dialogue with the Catalan Government after ERC's pressure as Moncloa wanted to stop the negotiation until after the Catalan elections but the republicans threaten the budget.
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